Do Manners Make Kids Dull?


Miss Manners




I came across this thoughtful piece on manners during childhood in The Guardian. Nice analysis of how a person’s socioeconomic class can make manners feel “suffocating.” Do others feel the same? Not sure. I know that I was raised to believe in manners, and I rely on them as a basic form of civility in being with others. I wonder, if manners truly make us dull, is civility out of style? I get how a person might enjoy feeling irreverent and spontaneous, but as I reflect on the various interactions in a typical day, I can’t imagine the awkwardness if I decided to dispense with manners. And if you bypass this learning in childhood, where would you ever discover these reflexes as an adult?

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